An architectural design of The Spheres that visitors can touch and adjust
The Understory, part of The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Photo by JORDAN STEAD / Amazon
Temporary closure of Understory
The well-being of our employees and guests is of paramount importance to us. Out of an abundance of caution based on local health concerns regarding COVID-19, we made the decision to temporarily close the Understory until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We look forward to having guests visit this space in the future once there is more clarity on the regional health situation. We encourage you to keep visiting this site for the most recent information on this program. Thank you for your understanding.


2101 7th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121


Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m


We encourage visitors to use public transit options or rideshare. Paid parking is available at 2021 7th Avenue, 2121 7th Avenue, or on neighboring streets.

Welcome to Understory

Understory is a free public visitor center where guests can learn about Amazon and The Spheres. With interactive exhibits about flora and design, Understory provides an immersive, 360-degree experience to visitors. Please be aware that the Understory exhibit is separate from the indoor gardens of The Spheres. Understory is a self-guided, museum-style exhibit and not a guided tour of the indoor gardens of The Spheres. For a tour of the indoor gardens, please sign up for an Amazon HQ Tour.

Inspiring innovation with biophilia

Our horticulturist talks about the philosophy that inspired The Spheres
  • Is photography allowed at Understory?
    While personal photography is allowed and encouraged, please refrain from using flash, tripods, or other distracting equipment. For distributional or commercial photography, please submit an inquiry to
  • How long does it take to experience Understory?
    Visitors can fully experience the exhibit in 20-40 minutes.
  • How do I access The Spheres?
    The public can access The Spheres on 2 Saturdays per month by making a reservation here or as part of the Amazon HQ tours here.
  • Are there any age restrictions?
    The Spheres Discovery at Understory is an immersive experience for everyone. However, minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns?
    Please contact with any questions or concerns. If you are a member of the media, please direct inquiries to
  • Are pets allowed?
    Pets are not permitted in Understory, with the exception of service animals.